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Civil War; Are We There Yet?

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Maybe I was just too young and uninvolved when I was in my twenties, but I do not remember such hardship, division, injustice, and anger in our country as that which has grown since 9/11. I do not remember ever having a Government so committed to removing our rights or endangering and manipulating our people like we have had beginning with George W. Bush and continued on unwaveringly by Barak Obama. I do not remember hearing such vile, yet founded angst from our citizens as I have heard in the streets, our offices, and online in the past decade. I do not remember ever feeling as I do right now in this moment.

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Many people have looked at me with contempt over the years for my feelings about what happened on September 11th, 2001. I have made no secret of my feelings and in fact have spent years boldly offering them up for acceptance or ridicule. I had always hoped we could all “see” more Truth and do something about what was happening before it was too late. My tactics may not always have been the best or most well received, and I learned and grew along the way, but I was and will always be committed to Truth. To this day I cannot say that I believe any differently about 9/11 then I did when it happened. I know in my heart and my mind that what we were told was not the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth.

I was introduced to a whole world of conspiracies along my quest for Truth. Many of which I neglected to get behind, some of which I delved into more thoroughly because there were enough questionable circumstances to warrant my mind space and my time to learn more. I tried hard to be “awake” without being or sounding “insane”. I am sure often I failed, at least to some.

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I’ve learned that people can passionately agree about and rally against something in unison while simultaneously and vehemently disagreeing on other things. I have learned that just because someone steps up as a leader of a movement or message does not mean they are any more knowledgeable or credible than I. I have learned that “leaders” are what we make and/or allow them to be and I have also learned that sometimes we get it wrong.

In our frantic desire to spread Truth we have also spread lies. Some people have done so intentionally for an agenda all their own and by the time we see that to be true we have already lost some of our own credibility by propping them up for as long as we have. Our reputations have been tarnished by people like David Icke and Alex Jones and it is people like them that are the manufacturers of the tin foil hats we are all so willing wear.

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Governments cannot be trusted. This is true and we should all know this by now. I think most people do, but only in relation to something that is individually important to each of us. There was a time I believed we could do something; that we could change the world or at least our country. But now, I think we are equally as responsible for the wreck that is about to commence and of course few will agree. Unfortunately, I think it’s too late to do anything about the barreling train heading straight for the soul of who we are. Or, is it who we’ve become?

People have believed and understood conspiracies for centuries. They are nothing new, but what is new is how many people believe and understand; how the tools of dissemination are so much more powerful just like the tools of war; and how the collective rage and fear has taken on an almost “Bring it on” fervor.

Today I came across a story about a man who sent an open letter to the president. Below are some excerpts,

“On this issue let me be blunt: after the many abuses of our rights through the decades, not just your administration, but others even more egregious, we have come to a point where we have had enough.” 

“Here’s the fact of the matter: we have had enough. We will resist at all costs your efforts, because we know the result.”

“Now, I understand that you have armies; you have federal officers. I do not underestimate the power of the federal government, or its agents. I do not mean to call them out, but neither shall we yield to that raw force that you represent with guns and tanks.” 

“What I am telling you is that there is a breaking point, a point at which we will go no further and will die to prove it.”

“You are welcome to ask me how many I am willing to kill to retain my rights as soon as you are willing to answer my question: How many are you willing to kill to get them?”

The entire piece is about uprising and revolution. A not so-veiled-threat and in the writers comments he says his words were,

“…calculated for effect on the public.”

Their effect on the public, not their effect on the President to which his letter is addressed. This is  a rally call to rise up. With guns. And the call is being made by many.

Are we there yet?

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New Civil War

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I have fought against this in my mind for many years, but not more so than in the past month. Since the Sandy Hook shootings and the subsequent gun law proposals I can hear the beating drums and they are relentless and getting much louder with every passing day. I can no longer push the thought away and I know that we may very well have already crossed the threshold and what I have feared most for a decade is actually going to happen at any time. I don’t remember a time where Americans were more divided and at the brink of what may be irreparable harm; the point of no return; a real Revolution, but in our case a not-so-Civil War with modern-day weapons of war.

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Unlike the Revolutionary War (1775–1783) we are all citizens and keepers of this country and its Constitution. We are family; we are friends and already the fabric of our relations is tattered by years of passionate opinions, ripped by decades of bad government,

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and torn to the very shreds by our own awakening. When we hear or think about the Revolutionary War or the Civil War (1861 to 1865) there comes with it an image from long ago where we see old-fashioned muskets, swords, and the occasional cannon.

Today people believe the need for an uprising is as great or greater than at any other time in this country’s history. The belief behind the thought is that we cannot fight for and preserve any of our other rights without first securing our 2nd Amendment “right to bear arms”.

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The image of a Civil War, when put in the context of today’s world is unfathomable, or so it had always been until now. There are countless individuals calling for just this thing and the truth is such that we will not be divided by North and South or left with an ocean between us and instead will be neighbor against neighbor with little more than our front doors to separate and to shield us.

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There is a TV series called Revolution and the running theme revolves around the “Militia”. These are not good people. They are tyrants who professed to create law and stop tyranny as they themselves become the tyrants. I see this happening in our country now. I see a shift in who we are aligning with and the blurred edge of the purpose for doing so. When people like Alex Jones say they will write us a new Declaration of Independence setting themselves on some self-appointed throne, I have to wonder further who is leading who and to where are we being led?

The man who wrote the letter to Obama is calling for revolution. He does not care at what cost and he is directing his message at you and I. People like Alex Jones have said the same thing threatening that “1776 will commence again if they (the Government) try to take our guns. These men and others like them have followers that number in the millions and they are armed with a righteous intent to “take our country back” at all costs. Their calls are getting louder, their core followers getting braver. Where does that leave you and I? Where can we find peace and compromise in the current situation?

I am not sure there is any. I think we will be caught in the cross-fire and we are not ready. We have wistfully thought this would not happen and now we must choose sides or find a way to survive the coming Civil War.

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25 comments on “Civil War; Are We There Yet?

  1. jericho777
    January 20, 2013

    Reblogged this on Jericho777's Blog.

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  2. diannegray
    January 20, 2013

    I sincerely hope there is no civil war in the US. What your desperately need at the moment is a peacemaker and (so far) I can’t see one in the wings….

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    • C. R.
      January 20, 2013

      I hope not either however I genuinely feel there is no way out at this point. Too many people are sitting with their fingers on the triggers right now… :/

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    • C. R.
      January 20, 2013

      but you did hit it on the head…we need a “Peacemaker”, but no one wants to make peace because they are too busy pushing rage and fear.

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  3. onnovocks
    January 21, 2013

    Again a good article. It is not easy to live with, and voice an opinion that differs with what the conventional media feeds us, it tends to render one socially unacceptable, to put it mildly. I hope people start to realize that stockpiling guns and food will not save them in most cases and that the answer must be sought elsewhere. History is a poor teacher, because the true cost of an armed conflict is only remembered by the people that lived through it. I can only hope nothing happens, there is too much to loose.

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    • C. R.
      January 21, 2013

      I hope nothing happens as well, I just no longer have the strong belief in that anymore. I am seeing and hearing so much and it’s scary to realize it can happen and probably will happen if people do not get a hold of themselves. If a person acts like an unreasonable and violent person the government is going to treat them like an unreasonable and violent person. Manifest destiny and all.

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  5. Kozo
    January 21, 2013

    I am ignorant of these machinations, Cheri, but they do seem ominous. I clicked on the Alex Jones link and it was scarrry. I agree with Dianne that we need a peacemaker. Maybe not one, but a million peace makers.

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  6. slepsnor
    January 21, 2013

    This has been topping my list of fears for months now. It’s almost like people no longer know how to compromise or talk to find a middle ground. Instead, they think threatening, insulting, and violence are the only ways to get what you want. It’s rather sad.

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    • C. R.
      January 21, 2013

      It’s very sad and very scary. The biggest drive in all of this is that as you say, people no longer know how to talk to one another. You can see the comments in my Sandy Hook thread for reference.

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      • slepsnor
        January 21, 2013

        I’m actually afraid to take a peek. I wander through news forums every now and then. For lack of a better term, it’s simply disgusting.

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      • C. R.
        January 21, 2013

        It is disgusting. People no longer know how to have a conversation about controversial subjects and instead want to do nothing but insult, ridicule, and threaten. Way too much “confirmation bias” and “cognitive dissonance”.

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      • slepsnor
        January 21, 2013

        I think part of it is because people started getting used to the anonymity of the internet. You can insult and ridicule a person without the threat of a real-world punishment. It seems some people are bringing that mentality into the real-world where they are no longer anonymous, but they think they are beyond the reach of those they are arguing with. I’ve tried having a rational discussion with some of these people and it’s like arguing with an angry dog. It might hear what you’re saying, but it’s too far gone to actually listen and think. With any luck, the ‘this means war’ people are nothing more than a vocal minority and won’t be able to start anything.

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      • C. R.
        January 21, 2013

        Most excellent analogy – bark bark bark! LOL Yes I have written on this very topic several times. See https://cherispeak.wordpress.com/community-culture/adjust-your-settings/ AND https://cherispeak.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/do-you-engage-to-enrage/

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      • slepsnor
        January 21, 2013

        Thanks and I guess I have more reading to do. 🙂

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      • C. R.
        January 21, 2013

        I hope so! Thanks for reading, sharing, and commenting. Much appreciated.

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  7. Corner of Confessions
    January 23, 2013

    Very brave words Cheri. I know alot of people hear news of….unhappiness… from citizens but we all just become complacent about it. I have become complacent. Everyone laughed about Texas wanting to secede from the United States. But that could be momentous. But, there is a point of no return. It is very quite possible we have surpassed that point by miles and miles. I think peace and peace pursuits is fundamental, now more than ever.

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    • C. R.
      January 23, 2013

      Tasha I very much agree the pursuit of peace is fundamental. Sadly I see few of those with legitimate “power” pursuing it. 😦

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  8. djmatticus
    January 25, 2013

    Great article… I too, and my family, have seen the writing on the wall for the last few years, and seen the situation getting more and more dire. At first we joked about the coming revolution and now when we say it there is less joking about it and more legitimate consideration. You say we need a peacemaker to step forward to unite the opposed factions? But, how can a peacemaker like that work his way into a system, a broken system, that perpetuates the growing divide? What party would back that type of candidate for any position that could bring about moderation/compromise? And how many would need to be elected to have the combined power to actually make a difference? It’s too late for a peacemaker. The gap is too wide.

    I hope I’m wrong. But, as an Eagle Scout I have learned my lesson well and I am prepared for the worst.

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